Category Archives: Media Releases

7-19-24 (Update) Police Charge Second Hilo Juvenile for Burglary and Other Property Crime Offenses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Robert P. PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 24-065460 and 24-065514 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have arrested and charged a second male juvenile with burglary and other property offenses following two incidents which occurred at two different school campuses in Hilo, on July 17, 2024. On Friday afternoon, […]

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7-19-24 Police Seeking Missing Kailua-Kona Man Anthony Wright

Hawaii Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 24-065842 Media Release Hawaii Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 21-year-old Anthony Wright of Kailua Kona, who was reported as missing. Wright was last seen in the Kailua-Kona area, on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, at approximately 4:00 p.m.  He is described as a […]

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7-19-24 Hilo Juvenile Charged for Burglary and Other Property Crime Offenses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentJuvenile Aid Section – Area ILieutenant Robert P. PauolePhone: (808) 961-2254Report No.: 24-065460 and 24-065514 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have arrested and charged a 15-year-old male juvenile, from Hilo, with burglary and other property offenses following two incidents which occurred at two different school campuses in Hilo, on July 17, 2024. On […]

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7-18-24 (Update) Police Report Missing Person Nova Neri Found in Good Health

Hawaii Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionLieutenant Michael HardiePhone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 266Report number: 24-065314 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department reports that 33-year-old Nova L. Neri, who was previously reported as an endangered missing person, was located Thursday  morning, July 18, 2024, in good health. The Hawai‘i Police Department would like to thank the […]

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7-17-24 (Update) Police Locate Missing and Endangered Person Railee Santos

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section-Area ILieutenant Zachary FernandoPhone: (808) 961-2252 Report No. 24-064431 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department reports that 29-year-old Railee Santos, who was previously reported as a missing person, was located in Hilo on Tuesday morning, July 17, 2024, in good health.

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7-17-24 (Update) Missing Person Kainalu Kawaakoa Bergau Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOfficer Corey M. KanekoArea I Juvenile Aid SectionPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 24-007252 Media Release The Hawai’i Police Department reports that 18-year-old Kainalu Kawaakoa Bergau, has been located in good health, on July 11, 2024.  He had previously been reported as missing.

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7-17-24 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of July 8, 2024, through July 14, 2024, Hawai`i Island police arrested twenty (20) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  None of the drivers were under […]

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7-17-24 (Update) Endangered Runaway Carmella French Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer MacIntyre FeltonPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 24-065016 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that 16-year old Carmella French, who was previously reported as an endangered runaway, was located in Hilo on Tuesday evening, July 16, 2024, at 11:03 p.m., in good health.

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7-16-24 Police Seeking Endangered Runaway Carmella French

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer MacIntyre FeltonPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 24-065016 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Carmella French, who was reported as a runaway.  Due to being in need of medication, French is considered endangered.   French was last seen on the 1700 block of Kinoole Street in Hilo on the […]

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7-16-24 Community Police Officers Team Up With Vibrant Hawai‘i for Youth Academy Program

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo Community Policing SectionLieutenant William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release The Hawaii Police Department’s Hilo Community Policing Section recently teamed up with Vibrant Hawai‘i and their Youth Academy program, interacting with teens around the island on topics ranging from physical fitness to first responder skills.  Vibrant Hawai‘i’s Youth Academy program is an opportunity […]

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7-16-24 (Correction) Downtown Hilo Robbery Investigation

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigation DivisionCaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 24-062698 Media Release The two victims of a downtown Hilo robbery that occurred on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, were employees of a private company contracted by the State of Hawai’i to perform survey work. It was previously reported that their employer was contracted […]

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7-15-24 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing and Endangered Person Railee Santos

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo PatrolOfficer Debney JaramilloPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 24-064431 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 29-year-old Railee Santos of Hilo. He was last seen in the area of Pepe’ekeo on Sunday, July 14, 2024 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Santos is considered endangered and may be in need of […]

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7-15-24 (Update) Police Locate Missing Person Keith Everett in Good Health

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section-Area ILieutenant Zachary FernandoPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No. 22-017743 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department report that 47-year-old Keith Everett, who was previously reported as a missing person in 2022, was located in Mountain View on Saturday morning, July 13, 2024, in good health.

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7-15-24 Public Invited to Kona Coffee With a Cop Events in July

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionSergeant Brandon MansurPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 259 Media Release West Hawai‘i residents are invited to attend three Coffee With a Cop events this month in Kona for an opportunity to get to know their district police officers. These popular events are intentionally informal with no agenda. Topics of conversation can […]

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7-15-24 Police Hold HI-PAL Event for Hilo Keiki

Hawai’i Police DepartmentHilo Community Policing SectionCommunity Policing Lieutenant William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department’s Police Athletic League (HI-PAL) and officers with the Hilo Community Policing Section held an outreach event on Friday, June 28, 2024, for the children of the Lanakila Housing Complex in Hilo. Part of an ongoing collaboration between HI-PAL […]

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7-13-24 Police Seeking Missing Person William Hammett

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Jake VillaPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No. 24-063990 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 74-year-old William Hammett of Volcano. He was last seen walking in the Fern Forest Subdivision in Volcano at the end of May 2024; however, he was not reported missing until recently. Hammett is considered […]

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7-13-24 (Update #2) Downtown Hilo Robbery Suspect Charged

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigation SectionLieutenant Zachary FernandoPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 24-062698 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have charged 32-year-old Kukaua Keli’iho’oluhi Kaupe Bright, in connection with a robbery that occurred on Tuesday afternoon, July 9, 2024, in downtown Hilo. Bright, who has no permanent address, was arrested on July 12, 2024, at 3:15 […]

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7-12-24 Wanted Big Island Individuals Arrested During Warrant Sweep

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigation DivisionCaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251 Media Release During this past week, the Hawai’i Police Department’s Area I Crime Reduction Unit and officers from the South Hilo and Puna patrol divisions, in conjunction with the United States Marshals Service Hawai’i Task Force, the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), […]

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7-12-24 (Update) Police Arrest Suspect in Connection with Downtown Hilo Robbery

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigation DivisionCaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 24-062698 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested 32-year-old Kukaua Keli’iho’oluhi Kaupe Bright, in connection with a robbery that occurred on Tuesday afternoon, July 9, 2024, in downtown Hilo. Bright, who has no permanent address, was arrested on July 12, 2024, at 3:15 […]

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7-11-24 (Update) Police Initiate Homicide Investigation Following the Identification of Human Remains in Ocean View

Hawaii Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionDetective Donovan KoharaPhone: (808) 960-3118Report No.: 24-059740 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have initiated a homicide investigation into the death of Adam Santos whose remains were found buried in a lava field on July 2, 2024 in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision.  Santos was reported missing on June […]

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7-11-24 Police Report Previously Wanted Individual Justina Alves Arrested

Hawaii Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionDetective Donovan KoharaPhone: (808) 960-3118Report No.: 23-103066 Media Release Hawai’i Island police report that 34-year-old Justina Alves of Ocean View who had been previously wanted for an outstanding warrant for her arrest and questioning regarding several criminal investigations was located in the District of Ka’u on Wednesday July 10, […]

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7-11-24 Police Report Missing Person Sun Popovich Located in Good Health

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer Justin DodoPhone: (808) 961-2213Report No. 24-061168 Media Release The Hawai’i Police Department reports that 26-year-old Sun Popovich, who was previously reported as a missing person, was located in Mt. View on July 7, 2024, by police in good health. 

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7-11-24 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Woman Jenny Partin

Hawaii Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808)935-3311Report No. 24-063296 Media Release Hawaii Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 50-year-old Jenny Raylynn Partin of Kailua Kona, who was reported missing. Partin was last seen in the Kailua-Kona area, in March 2024.  She is described as Caucasian with a fair complexion, 6 feet tall, […]

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7-10-24 Police Seeking Two Suspects in Downtown Hilo Robbery

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section- Area ILieutenant Zachary FernandoPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 24-062698 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance for information regarding a robbery that occurred on Tuesday afternoon, July 9, 2024, near the intersection of Ponahawai Street and the lower parking lot of a business located in the 300 block […]

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7-10-24 Hawai’i Island Police Arrest And Charge Puna Man For Various Crimes

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigation SectionLieutenant Zachary FernandoPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No. 24-062336 Media Release On Monday, July 8, 2024, at 11:26 a.m., Puna District patrol officers responded to a report of an active assault in the area of the 14-2800 block of Government Beach Road, in Pahoa.  Upon arrival at the scene, responding officers […]

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7-10-24 (Update) Police Identify Kidnapping Victim

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section-Area ILieutenant Zachary FernandoPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 24-062118 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have identified the victim in the kidnapping incident that was reported Sunday evening, July 7, 2024, in Hilo. He has been identified as a 23-year-old Puna man. He was located Tuesday evening, July 9, 2024, in good health. […]

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7-09-24 Police Respond to Hilo Airport After Inert Grenade Found in Luggage

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo Patrol  Captain Brian PrudencioPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 24-062545 Media Release Early Tuesday morning, July 9, 2024, the Hilo International Airport experienced a brief halt in operations as Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) personnel responded to a report by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) staff that two items resembling grenades were detected during x-ray screening […]

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7-08-24 Hawai’i Island Police Arrest And Charge Hilo Man for Property and Drug Crimes

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Section-Area ILieutenant Zachary FernandoPhone: (808) 961-2252 Report No.: 24-061064 Media Release On Thursday, July 4, 2024, at approximately 3:35 p.m., Hilo patrol officers responded to the parking lot of a hotel on Banyan Drive, in Hilo, for a reported active vehicle break-in. Responding officers contacted the owner of the vehicle who […]

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7-08-24 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of July 1, through July 7, 2024, Hawai`i Island police arrested 22 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.   So far this year, there have been […]

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7-08-24 Fentanyl Arrests and Recovery Stats for June 2024

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Benjamin T. MoszkowiczPhone: (808) 961-2344 Media Release As part of its continuing community outreach about the dangers of fentanyl, Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) provides monthly updates on the amount of fentanyl related arrests (possession/distribution) in Hawai‘i County and the quantity of fentanyl recovered for the preceding month. During the […]

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7-08-24 Police Seek Information Identifying Potential Kidnapping Victim and Suspects

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section-Area ILieutenant Zachary FernandoPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 24-062118 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a potential kidnapping victim and three suspects which occurred in the early evening of Sunday, July 7, 2024, in Hilo. On July 7, 2024, at about 6:55 p.m., South Hilo patrol […]

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7-08-24 Public Invited to Coffee With a Cop in Waimea July 12

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictCaptain Roylen ValeraPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release Hawaiʻi Police Department’s South Kohala Community Policing Section invites you to join them for Coffee with a Cop on Friday, July 12, 2024, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at Starbucks in Waimea, at the Parker Ranch Center, 67-1185 Hawaiʻi Belt Road. Come share […]

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7-08-24 Police Seek Information on Assault at Magic Sands Beach

Hawaii Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Thomas Chun-MingPhone: (808)935-3311Report No. 24-050559 Media Release Hawai’i island Police are seeking the public’s assistance with any information regarding an assault that occurred in the early morning hours on Wednesday, June 2, 2024, at Magic Sands Beach, located at 77-6474 Alii Drive, in Kailua Kona. On June 2, 2024, between 05:00 […]

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7-07-24 Police Seeking Missing Pahoa Man Randy Smith

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Branden WatanabePhone: (808) 965-2716Report No. 24-061989 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 58-year-old Randy Smith of Pahoa, who was reported as missing. Smith was last seen in the Kalapana area of Pahoa on Monday, July 01, 2024, at 5:00 p.m., however not reported missing until […]

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7-06-24 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Woman Sun Popovich

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo PatrolOfficer Justin DodoPhone: (808) 961-2213Report No. 24-061168 Media Release Hawaii Island Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 26-year-old Sun Popovich of Mt. View, who was reported as missing. Popovich was last seen in the Downtown Hilo area on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at approximately 8:00 p.m., wearing a gray-colored […]

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7-05-24 Police Arrest and Charge Hilo man Following Violent Assault on a Juvenile

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea I Juvenile Aid SectionActing Lieutenant Patrick AurelloPhone: (808) 961-8810Report No. 24-060339 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have arrested and charged 38-year-old George Dale Foote Jr., of Pahoa, with an array of offenses following a violent incident involving a juvenile that occurred on Tuesday afternoon, July 2, 2024, at a residence in Puna. […]

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7-05-24 Police Initiate Unattended Death Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionDetective Donovan KoharaPhone: (808) 960-3118Report No.: 24-060384 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have initiated an unattended death investigation after human remains were discovered on a property located in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision. On Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Area II Criminal Investigation Section […]

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7-03-24 Police Cracking Down on Underage Drinking During Summer Break

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo Community Policing SectionLieutenant William DerrPhone: (808) 961-2350 Media Release With student summer break in full swing, multiple units of Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD), including the Hilo Community Policing Section, Area I Juvenile Aid Section, and South Hilo Patrol District are stepping up enforcement of underage drinking, curfew and park hours violations. “These […]

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7-03-24 (Update) South Kohala Runaway Located in Good Health

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictSergeant Bradden KimuraPhone No.: (808) 887-3080Report No.: 24-050185 Media Release Police report runaway Maile Revilla previously reported as a runaway has been located on July 3, 2024 in good health.

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7-03-24 Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Locating Endangered South Kohala Runaway Maile Revilla

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictSergeant Bradden KimuraPhone No.: (808) 887-3080Report No.: 24-050185 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are searching for a 13-year old Kamuela girl Maile Revilla who was reported as a runaway. Revilla was last seen by family members at her residence located in Kamuela on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at approximately 10:15 p.m. […]

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7-02-24 (Update) Police Locate Missing Person Nicholas Williams

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigation SectionDetective Jenny LeePhone: (808) 961-2279Report No. 24-042776 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department reports that 39-year-old Nicholas Williams, who was previously reported as a missing person, was located in Hilo on Tuesday morning, July 2, 2024, in good health.

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7-02-24 Police Urge Safe Driving This July Fourth Holiday Weekend

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner, Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release As we approach the Fourth of July, Hawai‘i Police Department and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), remind Hawai‘i Island residents to drive sober as part of the national “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving” awareness campaign. Even […]

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7-02-24 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of June 24, through June 30, 2024, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 17 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.   So far this year, there have been […]

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7-02-24 Officer Justin Uresti Recognized by HISSPA for Outstanding Investigative Skills

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictCaptain Roylen ValeraPhone: (808) 887-3080 Media Release A South Kohala district police officer was recently honored for his outstanding investigative skills tracking down an armed and dangerous suspect wanted for a string of burglaries in Waikoloa Village earlier this year. Officer Justin Uresti was recognized as Officer of the Quarter for […]

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7-02-24 Police Offer Fireworks Safety Tips and Remind Residents of Rules

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Benjamin T. MoszkowiczPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police, concerned about illegal aerial fireworks, are reminding the public about the rules governing the use of fireworks so they may enjoy a safe Fourth of July holiday. Hawaiʻi state law dictates that anyone purchasing, possessing, storing, setting off, igniting […]

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7-01-24 Four Officers Honored by Kona Crime Prevention Committee

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community PolicingSergeant Brandon MansurPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 253 Media Release  Four Hawai‘i Police Department officers were honored for their outstanding and detailed investigations by the Kona Crime Prevention Committee (KCPC) in the second quarter of 2024. Officer Makena Nahooikaika was honored as Officer of the Month for April 2024, Officer Margot Babauta […]

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7-1-24 Police Investigate Possible Drowning at Kehena Beach

Hawai’i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolSergeant Michael MatsumuraPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.:  24-059268 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a possible drowning involving a 53-year-old man visiting from Colorado that occurred in Pahoa on Saturday morning, June 29, 2024. Puna patrol officers responded at approximately 8:13 a.m. to the Kehena Beach area after receiving information that a male […]

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6-28-24 Police Initiate Homicide Investigation in Puna

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigation SectionLieutenant Zachary O. FernandoPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 24-056472 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have initiated a homicide investigation following the discovery of a 71-year-old woman found dead in her Hawaiian Acres home late last week. The victim has been identified as Yong Cha Kim of Mountain View. Detectives believe […]

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6-28-24 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of June 17, through June 23, 2024, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 16 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the age […]

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6-28-24 Police Seeking Hilo Runaway Shaiana Tavares-Unea

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Hilo Patrol DivisionOfficer Keao EggersPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 24-058827 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Shaiana Tavares-Unea, who was reported as a runaway. Tavares-Unea was last seen on Maikalani Street in Hilo on Friday, June 21, 2024, at approximately 3:00 p.m. She was last […]

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6-28-24 Kona Man Killed in North Kona Crash

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No.: 24-058892 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have launched a negligent homicide investigation after a 21-year-old Kailua-Kona man died in a two-vehicle collision in North Kona early Friday morning, June 28, 2024. Responding to a traffic collision reported at 4:47 a.m. on Māmalahoa Highway […]

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6-25-24 Police Seeking Missing Person Clifford Robben

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Keanu Lum WonPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No. 24-058205 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 42-year-old Clifford Robben of Volcano, who was reported as missing. Robben was last seen in Volcano on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at 1:00 p.m., wearing a blue sweater and gray shorts. He […]

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6-25-24 Hawai’i Island Police Renew Request for the Public’s Assistance in Locating Three Runaways

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOfficer Corey KanekoArea I Juvenile Aid SectionPhone: (808) 961-8843Report Nos.: 24-024787, 24-046584, and 24-047048 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in locating two female and one male juvenile runaways. Police ask anyone who may have any information on their whereabouts to contact the Hawai’i Police Department’s […]

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06-25-24 Police Request Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Person Kainalu Kawaakoa Bergau

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOfficer Corey M. KanekoArea I Juvenile Aid Section Phone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 24-007252 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police ask for the public’s assistance with locating 18-year-old, Kainalu Kawaakoa Bergau, who was initially reported as a runaway and has since reached “The Age of Majority” (18-years-old).  Kawaakoa Bergau was last seen in Hilo on […]

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6-24-24 Police Conduct First-Ever Cannabis Impaired Driving “Green Lab” to Enhance Road Safety

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) officers, working in collaboration with volunteer medicinal cannabis patients, recently conducted training in detecting and addressing cannabis-impaired driving as part of the first-ever Cannabis Impaired Driving “Green Lab held in the state of Hawai‘i. Area II Traffic Enforcement […]

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6-25-24 Police Investigate Shark Bite at Anaeho‘omalu Bay

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala DistrictSergeant Bradden KimuraPhone: (808) 887-3080Report No.: 24-057823 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police launched a public accident investigation on Monday afternoon, June 24, 2024, in connection with a possible shark attack at Anaeho‘omalu Bay in Waikoloa.  Around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, a 20-year old male visitor from Romania was swimming about 15-20 […]

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6-25-24 (Update) Runaway Abbe Martin Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea I Juvenile Aid SectionActing Detective/K-9 Handler Corey M. KanekoPhone: (808) 961-8843Report No.: 24-033239 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 17-year-old Abbe Martin, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Puna on Monday evening, June 24, 2024, in good health.

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6-24-24 Police Seek Hilo Runaway Kaeo’okalani Jones Jr.

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna Patrol DivisionOfficer Jake VillaPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 24-056987 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Kaeo’okalani Jones Jr., who was reported as a runaway. Jones Jr. was last seen in the area of Banyan Drive in Hilo on Friday, June 21, 2024, at approximately 7:30 […]

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6-21-24 Police Launch Backpack Drive for Students in Need

Hawaiʻi Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefPolice Chief Benjamin T. MoszkowiczPhone: (808) 961-2224 Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department is proud to participate once again in an islandwide backpack drive for island keiki in need. New and unfilled backpacks may be dropped off at any Hawai‘i Island police station now through July 19, 2024. Backpacks are […]

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6-21-24 (Update) Police Identify Motorcyclist Killed in Kailua-Kona Collision

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 24-056198 Media Release A 29-year-old Kailua-Kona male motorcyclist who died in a two-vehicle collision on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at the intersection of Palani Road and Kealaka’a Street in North Kona, has been positively identified as Zachary Mcquaid Stubbs. Responding to a call […]

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6-20-24 Police Investigate Possible Drowning Off Kainaliu Beach

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKona PatrolLieutenant Erich JacksonPhone: (808) 326-4646Report No. 24-056438 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are investigating a possible drowning involving a 58-year-old man from O’ahu that occurred on Thursday afternoon, June 20, 2024, off the shore of the 75-5700 block of Kainaliu Beach, in Kona. On Thursday, June 20, 2024, at 12:34 p.m., Kona […]

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6-20-24 Police Warn Public About Phone Scammers Impersonating Officers

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTechnical Services DivisionMajor Jeremie EvangelistaPhone: (808) 961-2262 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) is warning the public of a phone scam after receiving reports of unknown individuals calling Big Island residents posing as Hawai‘i Police Department officers. The scammers are posing as police officers. In one instance, a scammer posed as a […]

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6-20-24 MADD Honors Five Personnel for Efforts Reducing Impaired Driving

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Benjamin T. MoszkowiczPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Five members of Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) were honored this week by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation for their efforts and dedication in the fight against drunk and drugged driving to reduce injuries and deaths […]

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6-19-24 Police Investigate Traffic Fatality in Kailua-Kona

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea II Traffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No. 24-056198 Media Release A 29-year-old Kailua-Kona man died in a two-vehicle collision on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. The incident took place at the intersection of Palani Road and Kealaka’a Street in North Kona. The 29-year-old motorcycle rider victim remains unidentified at this time, […]

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6-18-24 Police Continue Search for Missing Puna Man Justin Ferreira

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigation Division – Area ICaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 23-101121 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are renewing their request for any information relative to the disappearance of 33-year-old Justin Kawika Ferreira, of Puna, Ferreira was reportedly last seen on October 21, 2023, in Keaau. He was wearing camouflage pants and no […]

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6-18-24 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of June 10, through June 16, 2024, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 25 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under the age […]

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6-17-24 Public Invited to Kona Coffee With a Cop Events in June

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona Community Policing SectionSergeant Brandon MansurPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 259 Media Release West Hawai‘i residents are invited to attend three Coffee With a Cop events this month in Kona for an opportunity to get to know their district police officers. These popular events are intentionally informal with no agenda. Topics of conversation can […]

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6-17-24 Police Seeking Public’s Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspect

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSouth Kohala PatrolOfficer Jessica CookPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 24-049610 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a burglary suspect.  On Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 1:25 a.m., South Kohala patrol officers responded to a burglary alarm at a Kamuela convenience store on Mamalahoa Highway.  Upon arrival, officers […]

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6-14-24 (Update) Police Identify Victim in Possible Drowning

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKona PatrolLieutenant Erich JacksonPhone: (808) 326-4646Report No. 24-052941 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are investigating a possible drowning involving a 31-year-old man from Pahoa that occurred on Sunday morning, June 9, 2024, off the shore of the 75-5700 block of Ali‘i Drive, Kailua-Kona. On Sunday, June 9, 2024, at 10:54 a.m., Kona patrol […]

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6-13-24 (Update) April Pedestrian Fatality in Volcano Ruled a Suicide

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea I Traffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Jeremy RiddlePhone: (808) 961-2339Report No. 24-038312 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have identified the male pedestrian involved in a fatal motor vehicle/pedestrian collision that occurred on Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Volcano as 44-year-old Collins Kaholo of Volcano. Responding to the 12:25 p.m. call, officers learned that a […]

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6-13-24 (Update) Runaway Isaiah Gravette Located

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKona PatrolOfficer Derek OkabayashiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 253Report No.: 24-053872 Media Release  The Hawai’i Police Department reports that 17-year-old Isaiah Gravette, who was reported as a runaway, was located in Holualoa on Thursday morning, June 13, 2024 and in good health.

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6-12-24 Police Initiate Unattended Death Investigation

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation SectionDetective Donovan KoharaPhone: (808) 960-3118 Report No.: 24-051831 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have initiated an unattended death investigation after a partially decomposed body of a female was discovered within a parked vehicle located in a neighborhood in Kailua-Kona. On Thursday June 6, 2024, shortly before 7:30 a.m. patrol […]

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6-12-24 Police Seeking Runway Isaiah Gravette

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKona PatrolOfficer Derek OkabayashiPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 253Report No.: 24-053872 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Isaiah Gravette, who was reported as a runaway. Gravette was last seen on Friday, May 24, 2024, at 7:30 a.m.,  in Hōlualoa, however was not reported as a runaway until June […]

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6-12-24 (Update) Missing Woman Rachel Paul Located

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Paul Wright IIIPhone: (808) 965-2716Report No.: 24-050077 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department reports that 38-year-old Rachel Paul, who was previously reported missing, was located in Mountain View on Tuesday morning, June 11, 2024, in good health.

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6-12-24 DUI Stats

Hawai’i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. Keltner Program ManagerPhone: (808) 961-2305 Media Release During the week of June 3, through June 9, 2024, Hawai‘i Island police arrested 21 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None of the drivers were under the age […]

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6-11-24 Police Seeking Runaway Aden Hawkins

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentPuna Patrol DivisionOfficer Rommel ConstantinoPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.:  24-053331 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Aden Hawkins who was reported as a runaway. Hawkins was last seen near the 100-block area of East Puainako Street in Hilo on Monday, June 10, 2024, at 12:30 p.m. He was last wearing […]

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6-10-24 Kailua-Kona Man Arrested and Charged for Numerous Offenses

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea II Criminal Investigation DivisionCaptain Akira EdmoundsonPhone: (808) 326-4646, Ext. 264Report No.: 24-052218 Media Release Detectives from Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area II Criminal Investigation Section have arrested and charged 33-year-old Nakalohe Gersaba of Kailua-Kona with numerous offenses stemming from a spree of vehicle thefts reported in the Kona district. On Friday, June 7, […]

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6-10-24 Police Request Witnesses of Assault at King’s Landing in Hilo

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigation DivisionCaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 24-052812 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police detectives are requesting assistance in identifying three suspects involved in an assault at King’s Landing in Hilo on Saturday evening, June 8, 2024. Shortly before 8:00 p.m., Hilo patrol officers responded to an assault complaint at a […]

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6-10-24 Fentanyl Arrests and Recovery Stats for May 2024

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Benjamin T. MoszkowiczPhone: (808) 961-2344 Media Release As part of its continuing community outreach about the dangers of fentanyl, Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) provides monthly updates on the amount of fentanyl related arrests (possession/distribution) in Hawai‘i County and the quantity of fentanyl recovered for the preceding month. During the […]

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6-10-24 (Update) Police Identify Woman Suspected of Passing Counterfeit Bill in Hilo, Determine She is Not a Susect

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigation DivisionCaptain Rio Amon-WilkinsPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 24-039004 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have identified the woman suspected of passing a counterfeit $100 bill on April 24, 2024, at a business in Hilo. Area I Criminal Investigation Section detectives identified the woman on Saturday, June 8, 2024, following numerous tips […]

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6-10-24 Police Investigating Possible Drowning in Kona

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKona PatrolLieutenant Erich JacksonPhone: (808) 326-4646Report No. 24-052941 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are investigating a possible drowning involving a 31-year-old man from Pahoa that occurred on Sunday morning, June 9, 2024, off the shore of the 75-5700 block of Ali‘i Drive, Kailua-Kona. On Sunday, June 9, 2024, at 10:54 a.m., Kona patrol […]

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6-09-24 (Update) Missing And Endangered Woman Dorothy Tait Located In Good Health

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSergeant Clarence DaviesPuna Patrol DivisionPh. No.: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 24-052754 Media Release Hawai’i Island Police report that 80-year-old Dorothy Tait, who was previously reported missing, was located in Kea’au in good health, on Saturday, June 8, 2024.

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6-08-24 Police Request Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing Kea’au Woman Dorothy Tait

Hawai’i Police DepartmentSergeant Clarence DaviesPuna Patrol DivisionPh. No.: (808) 935-3311Report No.: 24-052754 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 80-year-old Dorothy Tait of the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Kea’au, who was reported missing.  Tait is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall, 160 pounds, with gray hair and green […]

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6-07-24 (Update) Missing And Endangered Man Roger Tolar Located in Good Health

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Aron TomotaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253Report No.: 24-052300 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 53-year-old Roger Tolar, who was previously reported as missing, was located in Kailua-Kona in good health, on Friday, June 7, 2024.

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6-07-24 Police Request Public’s Assistance in Locating Missing and Endangered Man Roger Tolar

Hawai’i Police DepartmentKona PatrolSergeant Aron TomotaPhone: (808) 326-4646 Ext. 253Report No.: 24-052300 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are asking for the community’s assistance in locating 53-year-old Roger Tolar who has been reported missing. He was last seen on Thursday, June 6, 2024, around 7:00 a.m. in Kailua-Kona. Tolar is described as Hawaiian, 5 feet 8 […]

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6-07-24 Police Request Public’s Assistance In Identifying Woman Who Passed Counterfeit Bill

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigations SectionDetective Jenny LeePhone: (808) 961-2279Report No.: 24-039004 Media Release Hawai’i Island police request the publics assistance in identifying woman who passed a counterfeit $100 bill. On April 24, 2024, at about 2:32 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to a business establishment located on East Puainako Street in Hilo, […]

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6-07-24 Police Seek Information on 2022 Puna Homicide Investigation

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section – Area ILieutenant Zachary O. FernandoPhone: (808) 961-2251Report No.: 22-090239 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are renewing their request for the public’s assistance in providing information related to a 2022 murder which occurred in Puna. On the afternoon of October 11, 2022, shortly after 1:30 p.m., Puna patrol officers responded […]

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6-07-24 Mountain View Man Arrested And Charged For Numerous Crimes

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section-Area I            Detective Kimo Keli’ipa’akauaPhone: (808) 961-2252Report Number: 24-051547 Media Release Hawai’i Island police have arrested and charged 34-year-old Dustin Crivello, of Mountain View, Hawai’i, with an array of property, drug, and ammunition offenses. The charges stem from an incident which was reported on June 5, 2024, at about 11:04 a.m., where […]

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6-07-24 Police Seek Missing Ka‘ū Woman Rachel Paul

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentKa‘ū Patrol Division  Sergeant Eric Ontiveros         Phone: (808) 939-2520Report No: 24-050077 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for 38-year-old Rachel Paul of Ka‘ū. Paul, who resides in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision, has not been seen in the past three to four months but was only reported missing recently. Police last had contact […]

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6-07-25 Police Lieutenant Lewis Graduates from FBI National Academy

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentOffice of the ChiefChief Benjamin MoszkowiczPhone: (808) 961-2244 Media Release Hawai‘i Police Department (HPD) is pleased to announce that Lieutenant Jeremy Scott Lewis graduated as a member of the 289th session of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on March 15, 2024. Lt. Lewis is one of 197 law enforcement officers […]

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6-07-24 Police Seeking Missing Person Charles Poole

Hawai’i Police DepartmentPuna PatrolOfficer Dallas ArcePhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.:  24-035446 Media Release Hawai’i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 77-year-old Charles Poole. He was last seen on Pahoa Village Road on April 9, 2024, however, not reported missing until recently. Poole is described as having a fair complexion, 6-feet 2-inches tall, 185 […]

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6-06-24 DUI Stats

Hawai`i Police DepartmentTraffic Services SectionTorey D. KeltnerProgram ManagerPhone: 961-2305June 3, 2024 Media Release During the week of May 27, 2024, through June 2, 2024, Hawai`i Island police arrested nineteen (19) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.  Two of the drivers were under […]

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6-05-24 (Update) Police Report Hilo Runaway Alfred Andon Located in Good Health

Hawai’i Police DepartmentArea I Juvenile Aid SectionOfficer Corey KanekoPhone No.: (808) 935-3311 Report No.: 23-115967 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police report that 17-year-old Alfred Andon, who was previously reported as a runaway, was located in Kona in good health, on Friday, May 31, 2024.

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6-05-24 Police Seeking Hilo Runaway Shaicen Lewis-Benevides

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentHilo Patrol DivisionOfficer Keison TAMURAPhone: (808) 935-3311Report No.:  24-050937 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Shaicen Lewis-Benevides who was reported as a runaway. Lewis-Benevides was last seen on Railroad Avenue Road in Hilo on Monday, June 3, 2024, at 7:45 p.m. and was last wearing […]

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6-04-24 Police Seek The Public’s Assistance In Identifying Burglary Suspect

Hawai’i Police DepartmentCriminal Investigations Section-Area IDetective Christopher JelsmaPhone: (808) 961-2386Report No.: 24-040786 Media Release On May 3, 2024, at about 3:12 a.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to a business establishment located on the 500 block of West Kawailani Street, in Hilo, for a burglary alarm. During their investigation, officers determined that between 3:08 a.m. […]

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6-04-24 Police Arrest and Charge Three People with Financial Crime Offenses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigations SectionDetective Amy OmayaPhone: (808) 961-2381Report No.: 24-013104 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police have arrested and charged three individuals with various financial crime offenses stemming from a theft of mail that occurred in January 2024.  In February 2024, a financial institution in Hilo was alerted to nine drafted personal checks […]

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6-04-24 Police Investigate Waikoloa Road Traffic Fatality

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentTraffic Enforcement UnitSergeant Thomas KoyanagiPhone: 326-4646, Ext. 229Report No. 24-051138 Media Release A 27-year-old Waikoloa man died in a single vehicle collision that occurred on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. The incident took place near the 5-mile marker on Waikoloa Road (Highway 191), in Waikoloa. The 27-year-old male driver has been identified as Samiu […]

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6-03-24 Police Arrest and Charge Kea’au Man With Drug Offenses

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentArea I Criminal Investigation SectionLieutenant Zachary FernandoPhone: (808) 961-2252Report No.: 24-050314 Media Release Hawai‘i Island police arrested and charged a 40-year-old Kea’au man with two drug offenses after responding to a report of a male party brandishing a machine gun type firearm at Leleiwi Beach Park in Hilo.  On Saturday morning, June 1, […]

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6-03-24 Hawai‘i Police to Hold Multi-Agency Joint Training Scenario on June 4

Hawai‘i Police DepartmentAdministrative Services BureauSergeant Jason GrounsPhone: (808) 961-2269 Media Release The Hawai‘i Police Department would like to inform the public of a multi-agency training scenario that will take place on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, on the Waiākea High School campus in Hilo. This training will include members of the Hawai‘i Police Department, the Hawai‘i […]

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